Brendon McCullum backs out-of-form 24-year-old batter. Picture Credit: ANI and AP
- Brendon McCullum backs out-of-form Shubman Gill.
- Gill failed to fire against the West Indies in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is.
- McCullum worked with Gill during his stint as head coach of KKR in the IPL in 2020 and 2021.
England men’s Test cricket team head coach Brendon McCullum has reserved big praise for a 24-year-old Indian batter who he has worked with during his coaching stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. The former New Zealand captain was the head coach of KKR in IPL 2020 and 2021 before he left the role last year to take up the England Test job.
According to 41-year-old McCullum, the 24-year-old Indian batter who is struggling with form these days is a very skilled cricketer and probably has more talent than most of the international cricketers. The young Indian batter McCullum is talking about is none other than Shubman Gill, who is the leading run-getter for India in ODIs this year but was not able to do much in the recently concluded all-format series against the West Indies.
The 24-year-old Gill, who represented KKR in the IPL from 2018 to 2021, played in all the matches against the Caribbean team across formats but was only able to score one fifty each in ODIs and T20Is. His form is becoming a matter of concern for Team India before the start of the Asia Cup 2023 and the ODI World Cup, but McCullum has given his full support to the under-fire Indian batter.
Speaking about Shubman during the CEAT Awards show in Mumbai on Monday (August 21), McCullum said, “Shubman Gill is someone I really enjoyed working with. He’s someone who has more talent than most of the international players”.
Shubman, who became the youngest batter to score a double century in ODIs when he hammered 208 runs from 149 balls against New Zealand on January 18, 2023, is picked in India’s squad for the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup and is all set to open the innings along with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. He was the most in-form batter till the conclusion of IPL 2023, but post that, he has failed to fire much.
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